Greinke is dealing with a calf injury, but continues to make progress. He's been able to throw bullpen sessions this week, and is ready to take the next step. It's still unlikely Greinke will make the trip to Australia, but does seem to be making progress.
Greinke posted a 2.63 ERA in 177 2/3 innings last year.
Belisario, who signed a one-year deal for $3 million in early December, struggled in his American League debut a year ago. The 2012 Dodgers standout managed a 5-7 record and 3.97 ERA in 2013. His strikeout total dropped markedly.
Ramirez is recovering after surgery to remove a polyp from his colon. He was able to run the bases Friday without issues. Ramirez said the knee injury that bothered him last season is no longer a problem. He added that he just needs to get into game shape. Ramirez said he would try to avoid sliding for a little while, however.
Ramirez hit .283/.370/.461 in 304 at-bats last year.
The return of
Fowler was the plum addition for the Astros in the offseason, though his production dropped in 2013 with Colorado. His batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage were all significantly down from 2012.
The struggles of
Reports out of winter ball were positive about the transition, but Santana has looked stiff and uncomfortable at third throughout spring training, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Chisenhall enters this season with a reputation for mediocrity at that position. He has also been a disappointment at the plate, particularly against left-handers.
One likely scenario is a platoon in which Santana plays against southpaws if he proves himself acceptable defensively. The
Billingsley admitted he still has a way to go in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He's yet to face hitters, but said he's hoping to be back with the club by early May. Billingsley had his surgery last May, and would be at the 12 month mark at that point.
Billingsley posted a 3.55 ERA in 149 2/3 innings in 2012.
An MRI has revealed that
De La Rosa is expected to be ready for opening day. He is set for a bullpen spot after winning six of seven decisions with a 2.86 ERA a year ago. He yielded just 56 hits in 72 1/3 innings.
Ned Yost sounds resigned to
Hochevar has experienced far greater success in the bullpen than as a starter. He won five of seven decisions with a career-best 1.92 ERA as a reliever last year.
Castro has been receiving treatments in the team's hydrotherapy pool twice a day. He said he doesn't feel any tightness in his hamstring, and that the injury feels much better. Castro hit .245/.284/.347 in 666 at-bats last year.
The pair summoned Webster for a video session after a terrible first start and pointed out a minor problem with his delivery. Webster put that advice into action against the Marlins and pitched three shutout innings despite the inclusion of seven regulars in the Miami lineup.
"We looked at a little video, and they saw me drifting forward," Webster told the Boston Herald. "And they pulled me aside and told me to stay back over the rubber and get more angle, more downhill to the plate. It's mainly right before I throw the ball. I pull sideways instead of pull down, and I get alongside the ball and tug the ball to the side or sail it up and away.
"You pay attention to every word [when Lackey and Lester give advice]. It's pretty cool. I was very thankful that they would take the time like that."
Webster needs to keep the ball down. He yielded seven home runs in just 30 1/3 innings a year ago with the Sox.